How Teaching and Small Business are the Same

how Teaching and small business are the same

After being in small business for nearly two years I have learnt a lot.  I am no millionaire but mind you I have chopped and changed to find what fits for me and what I really want to do. I view this as my apprenticeship and I know there is no overnight success stories and there is always a background story. My background is teaching and I’ve come to the conclusion that teaching and small business are the same. They are both hard work. Others can often view teaching as easy street with lots of holidays or small business owners sitting around in their pj’s with a cuppa working. Nothing could be further from the reality. Here’s how teaching and small business are the same.

The work is endless

The work is endless there is always something to do. You can work yourself into an early grave and many a small business owner and teachers have left due to the overwhelming workload. If you are not marking. planning or teaching there is always departmental paperwork to be completed so that the everything is accountable. In small business there are the clients, the back office work, the accounts, marketing, social media, blogging, follow up and networking. I have known many a small business owner and teacher who have burnt out and had to quit.  It’s not for the faint hearted.

You totally need to see the big picture

You need to see the big picture and not get stuck on the small details. With trying to balance work and life if you spend hours fiddling around with charts, clean classrooms or marking every piece of work your students created……start digging that grave now. It’s the same in small business you need to have a clear focus of what you want to achieve with your business, which is why a business plan is essential or you can be aimlessly drifting for one thing to the next (Urrrmm I need my own advice here LOL, an update is in order). In small business you can waste hours on social media, making lovely Canva post, messing around with the lovely excel spreadsheets for your accounts and cleaning up. Fine details are great but you do need to keep it in check. To have a business you need to have customers and to get customers you need to be out there letting people know about your business. You can’t be the best kept secret, you are more likely to do business with someone you have meet you need to be out there.

Your clients are not always going to easy

Your clients are not going to always be easy. There are times when they are going to be so demanding it will take all your energy. Unless you don’t work with humans, then you will experience this. Clients and students can be unreasonable, grumpy, talk back, not act how you want, expect you to give them the world for free and cause you to scream into your pillow at night.   Keep in mind there are only a few of these clients and most will love you.

There are big fist pump moments

There can be huge fist pump moments. When you have a win with the penny dropping for a student, moving a student forward either academically or behaviourally, getting that client you wanted or that Facebook post going viral. It’s these moments that push you through the tough times. Fist pump moments that make it worth it.  Keep going you can do it.

Teaching and small business are not so different. They both require hard work, dedication and can be lots of fun. When times get tough remember there are others out there with the same experience as you and you are not alone. If you feel alone we run three networking events each month for you. Come and check us out get the support you need in small business.

Do you think teaching and small business is the same?

Keep going, you are doing great.

Julie xx

Parents STOP complaining about school holidays

Parents Stop Complaining about school holidaysIt’s that time of year again and you have 6 weeks of holidays with your beloved children. In the last couple of days I have seen a few articles of Mum’s complaining about the school holidays and how long they are. These articles have made my blood boil. They state I love my children but the holidays are too long. You can’t be serious. One called for shorter holidays for the kids. I think she had forgotten that that her little humans are actually children. They are not meant to be flogging it out full time. Parents STOP complaining about the school holidays and lets address some of the complaints.

School Holidays are expensive

Yes that is right they do cost money to have a wonderful experiences and give your child interesting and fun things to do that are engaging to their mind, body and souls. But if you are like me and you live on the smell of petrol you can still have fun and inexpensive times with your children. Look here for a great list from Kids Around Perth of things to do around Perth that are cheap or here’s a list of 100 Activities from Buggy Buddys. Remember at times kids do need chill out days are home kicking around whinging they are bored.

Children are never out of the fridge and always eating

Don’t even me started. They are your kids you feed them anyway. THE END.

You have to give up work time

True you do have to give up time with work to look after your own kids. It’s called parenting, it’s what you signed up for when you gave birth. One article complained about that fact that this falls to the woman and quoted statistics how much time a woman loosing at work. In all honesty I would much rather be spending time with my kids then working but if you are a career woman kudos to you. You just have to suck it up and sort it out.

Husbands don’t share the responsibility

Fathers/husbands don’t even know when the holidays are and don’t share the responsibility. I have zero sympathy if you have a husband that is like that and you should address it with him for his lack of parenting responsibilities. If you are a single parent, work it out with your ex and if you have a drop kick father, yes it’s hard but you still have to manage just like solo parents, like myself who are bloody grateful to have whinging kids.  Some don’t even get the chance to have kids.

School should have less holidays as the school results need improving

If you feel so passionate about this write to the Curriculum Board who pack in ridiculous amounts of outcomes to be achieved. Teachers and students work incredibly hard at school. If you want better results for student put in the the time at home. If you want to lift your own child’s results it’s also your responsibility to help your child’s education. Sadly it’s a real struggle to get homework returned, teachers can’t do it all.

School should have longer school terms it helps the families with childcare

It’s not the responsibility of the schools to look after your child and parent them because you want to work. I have no words for comments like this, well actually I do. If you are a teacher like myself you see how tired your students get and particularly towards the end of the year. They work hard at school with a packed curriculum, they need to rest and recoup. I have known children who go into full time care during the holidays and they never have enough down time for themselves. These kids are very tired. They don’t even look forward to holidays which makes me incredibly sad.

Holidays can be hard work with your kids but that is reality. Before you know it they will be moving out of home and you can work 100 hours per week, have a full fridge of food, no fighting and no mess. I am sure you will miss those summer holidays down the beach eating ice cream. Bottom line stop complaining and enjoy the ride as it doesn’t last.

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